Wrestlers Head To Washington

Sept. 9, 2010

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Members of the 2010 NCAA Champion University of Iowa wrestling team will be heading to Washington, D.C. next week to participate in the NCAA Student-Athlete Reception on the South Lawn of the White House. United States President Barack Obama will recognize teams and student-athletes that won NCAA Championships during the 2009-10 academic year, Monday at 3 p.m. (CT). Hawkeyesports.com will be the exclusive source for photos and videos during the event.

The Hawkeye travel party includes 2010 NCAA Champions Jay Borschel (174) and Matt McDonough (125), All-Americans Montell Marion (141), Ryan Morningstar (165) and Dan Erekson (Hwt.) and 2010 NCAA qualifiers Jake Kerr (157) and Chad Beatty (197). Former Hawkeye Dan LeClere (141), Iowa seniors Aaron Janssen (157) and Luke Lofthouse (197), junior Blake Rasing (Hwt.) and sophomore Nate Moore (133) will also be making the trip.

The Hawkeye coaching staff of Tom Brands, Terry Brands and Mike Zadick, as well as 2010 NCAA Champion Brent Metcalf (149) will not be part of the event, as they will be returning from the 2010 World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

The travel party is set to leave Iowa City at 5 a.m. Monday, and will head directly from the airport to the White House reception after landing in Washington, D.C. After the reception, the group will tour several national monuments and some historic sites before heading back to Iowa City Tuesday evening.

Iowa is one of six Big Ten teams to earn an invitation to the event. The Penn State women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s fencing teams, the Purdue women’s golf team and the Michigan men’s gymnastics teams have also been invited. Some of the schools and teams invited to attend the White House event include:

Augusta State University Men’s Golf
Boston College Men’s Ice Hockey
Duke University Men’s Lacrosse
Fairleigh Dickinson University Women’s Bowling
Oklahoma State University Men’s Cross Country
Pennsylvania State University Women’s Volleyball
Pennsylvania State University Men’s & Women’s Fencing
Purdue University Women’s Golf
Stanford University Men’s Volleyball
Stanford University Women’s Tennis
Texas A&M University, College Station Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field
Texas Christian University Men’s & Women’s Rifle
University of California, Los Angeles Softball
University of California Los Angeles Women’s Gymnastics
University of Denver Men’s & Women’s Skiing
University of Florida Men’s Indoor Track and Field
University of Florida Women’s Swimming and Diving
University of Iowa Wrestling
University of Maryland, College Park Women’s Lacrosse
University of Michigan Men’s Gymnastics
University of Minnesota Duluth Women’s Ice Hockey
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Field Hockey
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Women’s Soccer
University of Oregon Women’s Indoor Track and Field
University of South Carolina Baseball
University of Southern California Men’s Tennis
University of Southern California Men’s Water Polo
University of Southern California Women’s Water Polo
University of Texas at Austin Men’s Swimming and Diving
University of Virginia Men’s Soccer
University of Virginia Women’s Rowing
Villanova University Women’s Cross Country
Villanova University Football